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Dr. John Ferry

Professor John L. Ferry

B.S., Chemistry, 1990, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Ph.D., Env. Sci. & Eng., 1990-1996, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with William H. Glaze advising.
Postdoc, Chemistry, 1996-1998, University of Texas at Austin with Marye Anne Fox advising.

Benson Solomon

Benson M. Solomon

Ben joined the group in the Fall of 2012.  He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from High Point University in 2012.  Ben did undergraduate research at the MOTE Marine Laboratory studying the chemistry of harmful algal blooms.  His current research is on mechanisms of heterogenized ozonation of dilute contaminants in aqueous solution.

Meagan Smith

Meagan L. Smith

Meagan joined the group in the Fall of 2014.  She earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College in 2014.  Her undergraduate research was on the occurrence of trace heavy metals in personal care products.  Meagan is researching the generation of reactive oxygen species from humic materials and the consequences of this on dissolved pollutants.

Fan Wang

Fan Wang

Fan joined the group in the Fall of 2015. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Kent State University. Fan did her undergraduate research on the methods of inorganic synthesis with polymer coated nanoparticles to enhance MRI contrast agents. Her current research is a study of antioxidant enzymes in natural waters and developing remediation strategies for groundwater contaminants by in-situ polymerization.

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Samuel P. Putnam

Sam joined the group in the Fall of 2016. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Baylor University in 2016. His undergraduate research was in computational chemistry. Currently Sam is researching analytical methods to identify and quantify bacterial signaling and toxin production of harmful algal blooms in nature.

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Daniel E. Monteith

Daniel joined the group in the Fall of 2017. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Physics at Furman University in 2017. His undergraduate research was on the binding constants for photoactivated chromium compounds with DNA for cancer treatment. Currently Daniel is researching techniques for the gas phase production of singlet oxygen.


Students/Postdocs Advised (Graduated)

Pre-college:  Nicholas Hansell, and Lisa Kistler

Undergraduate: Rita Cuthbertson, W. Hamp Henley, Erica Kaneff, Shital Patel, LaTasha Thomas Ashley Jones, Natasha MacDonald, Anne Cooper-Ellefson, Laura Sima, Byron Farnum, Amy Cuthbertson, Lauren Hamilton, Drake Spiker and Brendon O’Connell, M. Caleb Bagley, Austin Lourie. 

REU students:  Laura G. Shields, Edith Gadsden, Katie Shaber, and Ashley Jones.

Graduate students:  Shengnan Meng, Ph.D.; Quincy L. Ford, M.S.; Li Kong, Ph.D.; R. Ruya Ozer, Ph.D.; Spencer Walse, Ph.D.; Kelly Hefner, M.S.; Chunlian Shi, M.S.; Garrison Reese, M.S.; Trey Rahn, M.S.; Lijian He, Ph.D.; Justina Burns, Ph.D.; Rebecca Frey, Ph.D.; Preston Craig, Ph.D. (joint with Tim Shaw); Melissa Kiser, M.S.

Post-Doctoral:  R. Scott Reese, Ph.D., J.P.; Idil Arslan, Ph.D.; Justina M. Burns, Ph.D.

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